Story by sports information student assistant Victoria Kabungulu
OBERLIN, Ohio - The Earlham College field hockey team took home a 4-3 shootout win on Saturday after scoring two goals in the final ten minutes of regulation and securing a 2-1 shootout win.
In the first half of the game, no goals were scored although the Quakers did fire nine shots while the Yeowomen took eight shots.
Oberlin opened the second half with goals in the 38th and 40th minutes. After three saves by freshman Camille van der Vaart, senior Megan Hunt managed to land her fifth goal of the season at the 58:37 mark. One minute later, the Yeowomen scored again making the score 3-1.
Trailing by two goals, the Quakers mounted an offensive surge in the final ten minutes. Sophomore Isabella Grasso netted a goal off of a pass from Hut in the 61st minute. Four minutes after that, senior Kaitlyn Brunner scored a goal to tie the game 3-3.
After two 15-minute overtime periods failed to decide the game, a shootout to determine a winner. The first three shooters for each team missed, but Brunner scored to give Earlham a 1-0 edge as the Quakers' fourth shooter. Oberlin's Maureen Coffey equalized with a goal as the Yeowomen's fourth shooter, but freshman Sydney Barnes gave Earlham a 2-1 lead by converting the Quakers' final penalty shot. van der Vaart then won the shootout for Earlham with a save on the final penalty shot from Oberlin.
Earlham edged Oberlin in shots 23-22 in the game including 17-14 in shots on goal. Hut led the Quakers with nine shots as well as seven on target individually. van der Vaart made 10 saves in the contest.
Earlham is 4-3 on the season after the win. The Quakers' next game will be a home game on Friday, Sept. 23 against Denison at 5 p.m.